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Firs House Surgery COVID-19 Statement

Firs House Partnership have always prioritised our duty of care to our patients and staff to ensure that the health care services and facilities we offer are responsive, appropriate and safe. 

In light of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic, we have implemented safety measures to reduce the risk of exposure which includes a change in how we offer appointments to patients. As of today, Wednesday 11th March 2020, we will not be providing advanced and / or follow up appointments at our Histon or Cottenham surgeries. 

Advance appts with a GP, Nurse, ANP or HCA will continue to be offered, but will be held at our Extended Access Hubs- 

  • Nuffield Road Medical Centre, 10 Pippin Dr, Cambridge,CB4 1GL 
  • Comberton Surgery, 58 Green End, Comberton, Cambridge, CB23 7DY 
  • St Mary’s Surgery, 37 St Mary’s St, Ely, CB7 4HF 
  • Royston Health Centre, Melbourne Street, Royston, SG8 7BS Please call reception after 09:00hrs on 01223 234 286 and request an extended access appointment. 

Follow up appointments with our GP’s will be conducted by telephone, unless the GP specifically requests a face to face appointment following triage. 

If a patient has an appointment booked ahead with a GP or the Nursing team, surgery staff may be in touch to advise that we need to change their appointment. We would ask that anyone who develops cold and flu like symptoms prior to their appointment not to attend the surgery and instead call and re-book for a later date. 

We recognise that patients have ongoing medical needs and will need to access a GP face to face. We endeavour to offer this to patients once we have been reassured through a comprehensive triage procedure that they do not pose a risk of exposure of Covid-19 to staff and other patients. During this time appointments will be booked at the surgery where there is availability and whilst we will endeavour to get patients an appointment at their chosen surgery, we will not be able to commit to this in all cases due to demand and symptoms exhibited. 

We ask that patients offer full and accurate information to the reception team when calling for an appointment and answer any questions reception staff may have. The receptionist is asking for this information to support the clinical team and clinical decision making. If a patient refuses to provide a reason for wanting to see a GP we will unfortunately not be in a position to offer a face to face appointment and the patient will instead be offered a telephone triage appointment. 

We continue to advise patients who are concerned about Covid-19 to refer to Public Health England guidance and official government sources for accurate information, and we reiterate Dr Poole’s earlier correspondence stressing the importance of using the GP service wisely so that people who really need it will be seen as soon as possible. 

We thank you for your consideration and understanding.

2020 Vision for the Future

Our environment needs you….

Leap to a sustainable future on
Saturday 29th February 2020
Rampton Village Hall, 
Church End, Rampton, CB24 8QA
9.30am to 12 noon

  • Sustainable products
  • Ideas to help our environment
  • Featuring Janet Street Sorter with advice on recycling!
  • Activities for children with Toy Swap Shop
  • Mr and Mrs Miggins and their delicious produce

Tea, coffee and cake will be served. 

Granchester Walk 15th Feb

The next walk is on Saturday 15th February and will be led by Alison Wedgbury.

The walk is around Trumpington and Granchester meadows taking in Byron’s pool. Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00am and the walk will begin from the car park of The Orchard Tea Rooms, Granchester CB3 9ND  at 9.30, we will return to The Orchard for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us there. There will be an option of a  3 mile or a 6 mile walk.

If you intend to walk, lunch or both please let Alison know by the 10th February.

Courier Fraud – Warning

Police  are urging members of the public to be aware of instances of courier fraud targeting elderly people.

Figures from the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) show instances of courier fraud across the country are on the rise and affecting some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Throughout the rest of this month police forces across the country are focussing on raising awareness of the different types of courier fraud to protect those most likely to fall victim.

Courier fraud is when criminals cold call a victim, typically claiming to be a police officer or bank official. Offences are often committed by organised crime groups who target the elderly and vulnerable.

Examples of specific instances have been where following a phone call, the fraudsters then claim there is an issue with the victim’s bank account or request their assistance with an ongoing bank or police investigation. The ultimate aim of the call being to lure them into handing over money or their bank details.

Common techniques used by the fraudsters include telling the victim to withdraw large sums of cash, purchase an expensive item, or provide their bank cards or details. In all cases, a ‘courier’ will then come and pick up the cash or items, on behalf of the police or bank. They will often come to the victim’s home address.

There were 233 reports of courier fraud in the eastern region in 2019 (up until 24 December) with total losses of more than £620,000.

Police are urging people to remain aware that phone scams are operating across the region. As it does tend to be the elderly and vulnerable who are targeted by the offenders, please share the following advice with neighbours and relatives.

Your bank or the police will never call you to ask you to verify your personal details or PIN by phone or offer to pick up your card by courier. Hang up if you get a call like this.

If you need to call your bank back to check, wait five minutes as fraudsters may stay on the line after you hang up. Alternatively, use a different line altogether to call your bank.

Your debit or credit card is yours – don’t let a stranger take it off you. You should only ever have to hand it over at your bank. If it’s cancelled, you should destroy it yourself.

If you are suspicious about a telephone conversation you should end the call and contact police via the non-emergency number, 101. Ideally use a mobile phone or a friend’s phone or wait at least five minutes before calling to ensure you aren’t reconnected to the offender.

To report an incident in action or if you are in immediate danger always call 999.

Please also remember that your bank and the police would:

  • Never ask for your bank account details or PIN over the phone
  • Never ask you to withdraw money and send it to them
  • Never ask you to send them your bank cards or any other personal property

Further information about courier fraud can be found on the force website here http://bit.ly/30GzeS7.

Community Governance Review

With Notrhstowe starting to be populated the County Council are reviewing the local governance boundaries for Longstanton and Oakington and Westwick. This will most probably result in a change of parish boundaries and will involve neighbouring parishes.

The nothern boundary of Northstowe is most likely to be the busway as it is a larger geographic feature. This will split Longstanton Parish into two distinct areas and a similar split will happen with Oakington and Westwick.

The Parish council were told that the most likely outcome would be that the boundaries of Willingham (and possibly Over) and Cottenham would change to include those areas. Given Rampton’s position and current boundaries it is unlikely that our boundary will change as a result of this governance review

This is far from certain, and you are encouraged to have your say and read more details on this page

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/parish-councils/community-governance-review-of-longstanton-and-oakington-and-westwick-prompted-by-the-development-at-northstowe/

Found Walking Cane

Found in a King Street garden – a cane walking stick with a rather fine brass handle.

Did you lose this late October/early November? Please describe and claim by phoning 204944.

Community Governance Review

With the building of Northstowe South Cambs County Council have instigated a governance review to incorporate Northstowe. This might involve creating,merging, altering or abolishing parishes. Northstowe divides Longstanton Parish and impinges on Oakington/Westwick Parish. .Neighbouring parishes, including Rampton, may also be affected. Please do have your say in how you would like to see our area governance develop. The link to the website at which you can get detailed information and give your viewpoint is:- https://www.scambs.gov.uk/your-council-and-democracy/parish-councils/community-governance-reviews/

The closing date for representations is 15th January 2020.

Friends December Update

A huge thank you to all who supported the recent Wine Tasting evening, we are grateful to our sponsors and to those who presented wines as well as everybody that came along and made it such an enjoyable evening.
After expenses the evening raised just over £700

We are planning our next event on Saturday March 14th in the Village Hall.

Dine with the Friends
We hope that a number of people will host a table in the Village Hall, each inviting 7 guests to make tables of 8 (or more if you wish) and provide a 3 course meal for their guests. Guests will pay £15 to the Friends for their meal.

Rampton Car Care Scheme

Do you need transport to attend hospital, doctor, dentist or optician appointments or to take pets to the vet or to be dropped off at local guided bus or park and ride stops?  If you have limited or no access to a private car or unable to drive the Rampton Car Care Scheme may be able to help. The Scheme has a team of volunteer drivers and their cars to assist fellow villagers. There is a charge of 30p per mile with a minimum charge of £3.  Contact Jill or Chris on 204881.

77 Committee Update

Over 60’s Dinner and Show

25th January 2020. The Committee are pleased to be able to organise the dinner again this year. The meal is free to Rampton residents over 60 years of age (including me this year!!). We will be sending out invitations during December but we rely on residents to let us know if they want to be added to the invitation list. So if, like me, you are newly qualified, or new to the village, or somehow got missed in the past please give me a call (Jon White 01954 201489) and I will add you to the list.

Summer Fayre

The 2019 event raised an astonishing £1126. A huge thank-you to everyone for their help and support. As ever, we will use the money in support of village events and other local good causes.

Wicken Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 19th October and will be led by Rob Taylor, It starts from the car park of the ‘The Maid’s Head’,

Wicken CB7 5XR. Rampton residents leave the green at 9.00am and the walk will begin from Wicken at 9.30. we will return to the pub for lunch and non walkers are welcome to join us.

The pub will be open at 9,30 for us to select our menu choices and use the facilities. Non walkers will need to let Rob know their menu choice, see online menu.

The full walk is 6 miles with a shorter option of 4.5 miles

If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Rob know by the 12th October

Brooks Williams: November 23rd, 2019 7.30pm

We are delighted to welcome Brooks Williams back to Rampton again for a “home” gig.  Ranked in the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists, Brooks is a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist. Plus, “he has a beautiful voice,” says AmericanaUK, “that you just melt into.” Brooks’ music is a mix of country-blues and soulful Americana.  His massive repertoire spans classic roots and blues and he has worked stages worldwide for close to thirty years, touring constantly in the US, Canada, UK and Europe. Just when you think he can’t sing a blues-ier note, he sings it. Just when you think he can’t strum a deeper groove, he strums it. 

Cash Bar available throughout the evening.

Join us for a fabulous evening with an amazing musician.

Advance tickets: £10 (£12 on the door). This event is always really popular and often sells out well in advance – book tickets early to avoid disappointment from http://www.ramptonvillagehall.co.uk/

Help for Low Income Households

The Rampton Townlands’ Charities are able to give financial help if you and family are on a low income.Firstly they can helps towards food, clothing, bedding, fuel and/or equipment for work. Secondly they can help young people, up to the age of 22, with educational items such as school/college equipment, trips, special clothing.Please note that contributions can only be for one off items.  We are not able to contribute to ongoing expenses. 

The Trustees have their next meeting in October.  Should you wish to apply please contact in total confidence before 10th October either Revd Lynda Davies

Rector of Cottenham with Rampton

The Rectory, 6 High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge CB24 8SA

01954 583651

revlyndadavies559@nullgmail.com

(Day off Monday)

Harvest Supper

Rampton’s annual Harvest Supper will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 19 October. The usual menu of delicious steak pie followed by scrumptious home made puddings will be available.  We will also have Bean Chasseur (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free) – please state your choice when booking your ticket.

The evening rounds off with our highly entertaining Auction of Produce.   If you have any items for the produce auction (fruit, vegetables, baking, preserves, flowers …even tinned goods) please bring them to Rampton Village Hall on Saturday 19th.  All profits will be donated to charity.

Doors open at 6.30 p.m. for 7.00 p.m.     Please bring your own cutlery, drinks and glasses.

Tickets ( Adult £8, child £5) can be bought from the village hall website www.ramptonvillagehall.co.uk

Thank you For Helping after Accident

Thank you from an injured cyclist to a couple, they think lives in Rampton and drive a red Audi , who stopped and stayed to help in a bike accident in August on the A1123 between St Ives and Bluntisham.

The cyclist would like to reassure the couple that helped that they have no lasting injuries.

Bonfires

The air in Rampton fills with bonfire smoke fairly regularly. For anyone in the village who burns bonfires, please consider how if affects others. It’s not just the smell, or having to do the washing again. For those of us with asthma, or who have asthmatic children, it’s a really serious issue. Bonfire smoke in the air can trigger asthma attacks. Having to rush around shutting windows before the smoke gets in the house is a pain, but in the warmer months it can be unbearable to have no ventilation, especially if the smoke has already got in.

This is even worse if it’s when children are trying to go to sleep in the early evening, and especially if they are the ones with asthma. Milton recycling centre is about 15 minutes away. Please, please, consider your neighbours when you have garden waste to get rid of, and avoid a bonfire if you can.

Thank you very much, a Rampton resident.

Found Cat – Male Tabby

Has anyone lost a cat? We are trying to find the owners of a lovely 
stray tabby neutered male cat. Age approximately 4 years. No chip. Call 
Rachel 07713475050

Forever Active – Strength and Balance Exercise Class for over 50s

This friendly class is a mixture of seated and standing exercises designed to increase muscle strength, balance, suppleness and mobility. 

We currently run two sessions on Mondays at Rampton village hall, at 10am and 11.15 am. 

There are spaces available in the 11.15am class or you could join a waiting list for the earlier class.

For further information and to book a free taster session, contact Hannah Black on 07969355782

Colne Walk

The next walk will be on Saturday 20th July and be led by Norman and Gill Gulliver. The walk will begin from the car park of ‘The Green Man’ Colne PE28 3LZ (near Bluntisham). It is approx. 5 miles with a shorter option available.

Rampton residents will leave the green at 9.00am and the walk will begin from Colne at 9.30. The longer walk includes a short session ‘off piste’ with no official footpath, this includes crossing 2 dry ditches!!

We will return to the pub at 12.30 to order our meal and plan to eat at 13.00. Non walkers please arrive by 12.30. The menu is changed on Saturdays so they do not accept pre booking. If you plan to walk, lunch or both please let Gill or Norman know by July 13th.

ngulliver@nullaol.com

Rampton Townlands Charity Clerk Needed

The Charity is looking for someone to take over the Clerk’s position.  The income comes from the rent received from a 12 acre field down Reynolds Drove. The land was donated to the village in 1926 and has given grants over the years to parishioners who need financial help and to contribute to educational activities of people under the age to 22.

The Charity meets three times a year. The Clerk’s role involves taking the Minutes at the meetings, receiving requests for grants and issuing the payments when awarded by the Trustees. A small financial remuneration is provided.

If you have any questions or would like to be considered for the position please contact Alison Bateson (Trustee) on 01954 208045 or email: alisonjbateson@nullgmail.com